Google Fined EUR 500 Million by vinaigrette Antitrust Watchdog Over News Copyright Row

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France’s antitrust watchdog slapped a EUR 500-million (kind of Rs. 4,415 crores) fine on Alphabet’s Google on Tuesday for failing to conform fully with transitory orders it had provided in a row with the country’s news publishers.

The United States tech giant will have to inside the next two months get a hold of proposals on how it would compensate news agencies and other publishers for the usage of their news. Whether it does not do that, it would face extra fines of up to EUR 900,000 (kind of Rs. 7.9 crores) per day.

News publishers APIG, SEPM, and AFP accuse the tech giant of having failed to open talks in good faith with them to find common ground for the remuneration of news satisfied online, under a recent EU directive that creates so-called “neighbouring rights”.

The case in itself focused on if Google breached transitory orders issued by the antitrust authority, which demanded such talks take place inside three months with any news publishers that ask for them.

APIG, which represents most major print news publishers (Le Figaro, Le Monde etc.), remains some of the plaintiffs, in spite of having signed a framework agreement, since it has been put on hold pending antitrust decision, sources have told Reuters.

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